MakeMIT // 2.28.15

I participated in/shot MakeMIT yesterday! It’s a hardware hackathon, and some people came up with some really cool projects.

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YAY team! We basically just wanted to play with the Myo armband so we tried to make a gesture controlled wheelchair (as in those two did the actual software stuff to make it work and I made a janky scaled down wheelchair out of acrylic, the MakerBot, electrical tape, and superglue). It was my first time participating in anything like this, but I enjoyed being able to make something random just for fun.

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Spring Semester + First Polaroid Shots// 2.5.15

IMG_7189I realized I really like taking pictures through windows when using a digital camera because it’s kind of like a double exposure. This is a picture that I feel like accurately represents my experience at MIT. It’s a mess and there’s so much stuff I have yet to figure out, but at the end of the day, it’s pretty incredible that I’m here in the first place. I hope I can keep that in mind as this semester picks up.

On an unrelated note, I finally tested my Land 450. It’s beautiful. This was the first shot.

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I just want to take this camera everywhere now even though I will look like a fool/hipster. The results are just so beautiful. And I’m really glad it works!!

Land 450 // 2.3.15

Yeah, I got a Land… Sigh. Someone stop me from buying cameras?!

Anyway, I wasn’t sure if it worked but it seems fully functional so far. I removed the timer back so it doesn’t get in the way of the Fuji film packs. The shutter seems responsive with the battery I put in. I’m planning on converting it to AAA’s after this one dies because these batteries are extremely expensive, but I wanted to make sure it worked first. Cannot wait for some test shots with this transformer thing.

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Calm Before the Storm // 1.24.15

Spent this past weekend in NYC and finally got to go to Central Park. Not quite sure how I’ve been to New York five times and failed to go to Central Park every single time…

This was also the first time in a while that I’ve used the X100 for anything other than concerts. I forgot how easy it is to use and how much more pleasant it is to carry around than a full SLR. Definitely missed shooting with it.

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We visited a bunch of random places and did a lot of wandering, but I’m stupid and forgot to grab my extra battery so my camera ran out after one day. I did manage to get a few shots from the Brooklyn Bridge before that happened.

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The magic of the snow/this weekend/NYC was so difficult to capture but I tried my best.

And now there is an incoming blizzard to Boston.

Contax G1

The Leica CL was a camera that I tried very hard to love. I bought it almost 5 years ago now at a camera shop in Hong Kong. I fell in love with it on the spot. It was built like a tank and felt perfect in my hands. I shot a few rolls with it, but something about it felt off. I never got attached to it, and I never reached for it when I chose a camera to shoot. The people at the shop had told me that the light meter was functional with a battery, but it turned out not to be. Anyway, long story short, the camera didn’t work for the purpose I needed, and a few years later I went back and traded it in and bought a Contax G1.

I didn’t use it for a really long time. I’m not quite sure why, actually. Maybe because it’s shiny and gold. It had been sitting in my camera drawer for almost a year before I pulled it out and started shooting with it recently. And I love it. It’s fast, decently quiet…the lens is amazing. It’s definitely built to last. I pretty much use it as a point and shoot. At home, it’s become the camera that I carry with me when I don’t want to shoot digital (I carry an Olympus XA at school). Unfortunately, I don’t have any good shots from it to show off quite yet (haven’t developed the recent rolls), but I trust I will soon.

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